Rectangular Instagram

I love Instagram. It’s great. But the square format can be limiting. Sometimes i’ve had great pictures that i wanted to share, but i couldn’t because they didn’t work when cropped to a square format. I even wrote a post whining about this. Well, stupid me, there’s nothing stopping you from posting your rectangular images on Instagram. Let me show you how.

Let’s say you have a landscape-format image like this one and you want to share it on Instagram.

Nice

The maximum size of an image to be uploaded to Instagram is 2048 x 2048 pixel, so we’ll begin by resizing our image so that the long side is 2048 px. Actually, Instagram will resize your image down to 612 x 612 px, so don’t worry if the long side of your image is smaller than 2048.

Go to the menu Image->Image size and set the width of your image to 2048 pixels. The height of the image will automatically adjust proportionally.

image-size

The next step is to make your image square. Go to the menu Image->Canvas size. Change the height setting to 2048. Also select the extension color below. This is the color that the new area will get. I prefer black.

Canvas size

Now save your image. If you want to keep your original file intact (you should), use the File->Save for web menu option to make a new file and close your original file without saving it to avoid overwriting it.

There you go, your rectangular image in a square format, ready to be published on Instagram. A great way of doing that, can be found in this post about Instagram workflow.

Landscape image made square

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